As one of the most dominant duo in NBA history, Kobe and O'Neal eventually parted ways due to the battle for the team boss. This ending is a bit regrettable. Kobe and O'Neal have been grudges for a long time. As early as the third year when the two got together with the Lakers, they had a fierce conflict.
This conflict is not news, but the famous American sports writer Jeff Perlman disclosed many details for the first time in a new book published recently.
In 1998, the NBA was suspended for 191 days due to differences in labor negotiations. During this period, players often appear on the field to play games in order to maintain their shape and competitive state. On this day, Kobe and O'Neal met unexpectedly at a stadium. The two who have been fighting side by side in the NBA for two seasons, this time stood on opposite sides of each other and became opponents.
O'Neal habitually complained about the opponent's foul after he missed the ball. After a few times, Kobe shouted intolerably: "I'm fed up! Can I play well?!"
O'Neal replied after hearing it: "You try one more sentence! I will shit you!"
A few rounds later, Kobe broke through to the basket and leaned on O'Neal's body to send the ball into the basket.
After finishing this beautiful offense, Kobe shouted at O'Neal: "F**k you!" This is my team, this TM is my team! "
完成这场美丽的进攻后，科比对奥尼尔大喊：“ F ** k you！”这是我的团队，这是我的团队！ ”
At that moment, the atmosphere suddenly became extremely tense, and everything seemed to fall into a static state.
"Kobe was not referring to the wild team at the time, Bryant was referring to the Lakers." Former NBA player Alden Polinis recalled. At that time, Alden played with Kobe in the field game and was responsible for defending O'Neal.
“科比当时不是在指野球队，科比是在指湖人。” NBA前球员奥尔登·波利尼斯（Alden Polinis）回忆道。当时，奥尔登（Alden）与科比（Kobe）一起参加野战，并负责捍卫奥尼尔（O'Neal）。
Hearing Kobe's provocation, O'Neal naturally refused to be outdone.
"No, motherf**ker! This is my team!" O'Neal exclaimed.
"F**k you! You are not a leader at all, you are not a fart!" Kobe shot back again.
“ F ** k您！您根本不是领导者，您不是放屁！”科比又回击了。
"I will trade you out! This is a piece of cake for me!" O'Neill shouted at Kobe.
Seeing that the scene gradually got out of control, the teammates of both sides quickly stepped forward to separate the two. Subsequently, the game continued, but Kobe didn't mean to give up.
"Kobe hit the basket, scored, and provoke O'Neal again, shouting ‘motherf**ker! You can’t prevent me!’"
O'Neal controlled the ball and called the game to a halt.
"You TM say one more thing!" O'Neill said, staring at Kobe.
Kobe replied, "Ha! F**k you! You don't know..."
Before Kobe could finish talking, O'Neill directly slammed a punch to Kobe's face.
"O'Neal's big hands hit Kobe's face, very loud." Corey Blunt recalled. Corey had played for the Lakers, and he was also on the court.
After this, Kobe and O'Neal punched each other a few more times, but they failed to hit each other. Soon, the two were separated by teammates again. Alden recalled that O'Neal shot very hard at the time, and every time he punched it seemed to put Kobe to death.
Many years later, Kobe also recalled the conflict with O'Neill when he was a guest on a reality show.
"It was he (O'Neal) who punched first. I couldn't beat him. I only saw a big fist hitting me. Then I avoided and punched. After that, everyone came over. , Pull us apart." Kobe said.
Kobe is 1.98 meters tall, O'Neill is 2.16 meters tall, and his weight crushes the opponent. What can be expected is that if the conflict intensifies at that time, Kobe will definitely not take advantage of O'Fang.
But at the time, Kobe didn't mean to admit it at all. He continued to recall: "At that time you must show the attitude of'you can kill me, but I will never back down'. I think I might be the craziest 19-year-old boy in the world!"
How did this conflict affect the relationship between Kobe and O'Neill at the time. Many years later, Kobe gave the answer, a somewhat unexpected answer.
Kobe said that the conflict allowed him to see O'Neal's desire for a championship. "From that moment I knew that O'Neal and I were the same people. There were indeed differences between us, but it didn't matter. I knew that we all had the right heart. A strong desire for a championship. We will find a way to resolve our differences and then win the championship."
In the second season of this conflict, Kobe and O'Neal worked together to win the first championship trophy of the OK combination, and then completed three consecutive championships.